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  •  At the end of the day, though, (2+ / 0-)
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    kayak58, elwior

    we still have a system by one man who was elected secretly, and answers neither to the laity, the clergy, or even the bishops.

    It was precisely this system that enabled John Paul II, and Benedict XVI to roll back so much of Vatican II without public debate.

    I'm not saying that I think the Catholic Church should be one person one vote, because I'm not sure that's the best way to run a religion, but there needs to be some sort of accountability.

    The Episcopalians don't have a Pope, but they have head bishop who is chosen by the fellow bishops. The Bishops are chosen by local councils who are elected by local churches. I think there is a lot to be said for that. If the CC could go in that direction, it would be an incredible step forward. The RCC, being a world wide organization could choose to suspend democratic processes in countries that are not free, and where the Church would otherwise be manipulated by the government, and appoint the officials for these nations. That way, only in countries where there is true religious freedom could there be officials who are chosen by democratic process.

    I don't really see this happening any time soon, but if there is not some sort of constitutional government within the RCC, any gains under Francis could easily be undone by a teabagging Pope.

    I suppose I should declare my interest when talking about the Catholic Church. I was born and raised Catholic. Had some horrific youthful experiences under their auspices - most of the horror coming from nuns and laypeople rather than priests, actually. I haven't practiced Catholicism since my teenage years. But I've never officially left it and I haven't been excommunicated, so technically I'm still a Catholic.

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 11:09:53 AM PST

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